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Mini Vegan Grasshopper Bars for Kids – The Perfect Frozen Treat

Dessert time! Beat the heat with these mini vegan grasshopper bars – the perfect frozen treat for kids and moms alike. Is it bad when a dessert is so good that you arm wrestle your 6-year-old to win the last one? These little bites of heaven are a decadent chocolate shell over a […]

Vegan Grasshopper Bars for Kids

Pre-Travel Smoothie

3 Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet

Dining Out is Easy with My 3 Top Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet. Before you leave, load up your body with nutrients – enjoy my fresh, sweet and creamy pre-travel smoothie. Dining out while attempting to eat a healthy diet is hard. Eating out and traveling on vegan or plant-based diet […]


A Healthy Uncrustables Alternative – Whole Grain, Sugar Free

I have it! Just for you, a healthy Uncrustables alternative! Whole grain, sugar free, wheat free, nut free, dairy free, preservative free, GMO free, kid tested and easy to make! My daughter has many demons to battle – food allergies and chronic ear infections. I have written many times about her allergies, […]

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Vegan Back to School Lunch Ideas and a Secret at the End….

Last year I was mad as hell seeing what kids at my daughter’s school were eating. It could NOT be called food! Join my crusade to FIGHT BACK. This is my post on healthier plant-based, vegan back to school lunches. You guys – we need to start getting PISSED about […]


Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake Recipe

My warm Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake is vegan, gluten free, refined sugar and refined oil free ~ perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert when paired with a delicious scoop cashew ice cream. Way back when, in my past life, I made a career choice that may surprise you. After graduating from […]

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Lose Weight Naturally with Cheesy Chia Seed Soup

This cheesy chia seed soup is simple, filling and comforting, and will help you lose weight naturally with the perfect blend of fiber, good fats and protein. Conquer your New Years Resolution! Cheesy Chia Seed Soup I have completely fallen in love with this soup. Warm, flavorful organic broth, hearty […]


All Natural Kale and Flax Cornbread Muffins

Gently sweet, soft, moist and comforting – these kale and flax cornbread muffins are supremely satisfying. They are perfect for breakfast or as a great accompaniment for dinner (and your kids will love eating kale and flax). Imagine that! There is something comforting about cornbread – it’s a little sweet […]

Soft and Moist All Natural Kale and Flax Cornbread Muffin

Nutty Chickpea Salad

Chicken Out! Vegan and Gluten Free Dilled Chickpea Salad

I confess. I miss tuna fish sandwiches and chicken salad – but substituting chickpeas with the same flavors is just as satisfying on a plant based diet! I love that clean and fresh taste of dill – so distinctive – paired with nuts or seeds. As soon as I saw […]


Simply Sophisticated Dessert – Strawberries, Agave and Crystallized Ginger

Gently sweet, a little salty and a little spicy. Is your mouth watering yet? Anyone that follows my blog knows that I tend to keep things simple. As soon as I the ingredient list climbs above 7 items I know the likelyhood of people making it goes way down.  We […]

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Chocolate Chip Mila Bars

Four Reasons Mila is my Chia of Choice and a Recipe for Chocolate Chip Chia (Mila) Bars

There are four reasons I choose Mila. WHY is it better?   A fair question.  Over the years, I have been approached with many various products – from skin care, to food, to pills and shakes and this is the only product I have chosen to support. Quality. We need […]


Gingery Pepita Energy Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet and only around 150 calories!

Gingery Pepita Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet. 100% delicious. These are so satisfying and EASY to make – you’ll never spend money on pre-made bars again.  I’ve been making tons of variations of these with whatever is on sale.  I simply add enough dates, […]

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Blissful Blueberry Bake and Six Disney Food Survival Tips

Six Disney Food Survival Tips Disney World. Is it one of your life’s dreams to get there? Or are you not into the lines and crowds? I would definitely put myself into the latter category.  Camping is one of my favorite pastimes.  Nature. Solitude. Calm.  My life is crazy enough […]


6 Satisfying Soups and a Recap of the 2012 “Know Your Vegetables” Workshop

If the weather outside is frightful – hopefully these six satisfying soups will make your day delightful. Before I take a brief break from blogging until after Christmas, I leave you with some of my personal and fan favorite soups I have featured over the years. Happy Holidays and Let it snow, […]

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No-Bake Samoa Bites

Samoa No-Bake Energy Bites

Happy Holidays!  Before I get to the last of my rolled cookie recipes…..(this one posted because of MANY requests)….Samoa No-Bake Energy Bites ….I want to show some love to an amazing lady I met through my business – Andrea Peltier.  This is my second post in my “inspirational women” series […]


Mini Chocolate Chip Oat Bites and a Giveaway!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUZANNE HIGBY! You are the winner of the FIVE FREE smoothies, juices, wraps or sandwiches at Native Sun Natural Foods Stores. Please go to the Baymeadows location to pick up your gift cards and mention that you are the winner of the Florida Coastal Cooking Giveaway. Pin this […]

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Watermelon Radish and Carrot Top Salad

Belonging to KyV’s  CSA/Farm Share has opened my eyes. I never would have seen such a thing as a beautiful watermelon radish with its mint green rind and gorgeous blushing flesh.  It’s crisp and has bit of a bite and is so visually pleasing that you just have to eat […]


Sweet Citrus Barley with Pistachios

Living in Florida is such a blessing.  Not only was I able to take my cream colored Labrador, Tally for a walk yesterday without a jacket on (a fact I can really appreciate from growing up in Massachusetts), but the citrus trees are all heavy with fruit – including my […]

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Chocolate Peppermint Mila Popcorn and Dawn’s Top Ten Reasons to Give Mila as a Holiday Gift!

  Here are my top 10 reasons why Mila is the best gift for the people on your list. ____________________________________ 1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE to shop.  2. Fiber aids in WEIGHT LOSS and BALANCES BLOOD SUGAR:  How many people are struggling with weight loss and never feel full? Mila absorbs ten times its […]


Vegan Cheesy Broccoli & Rice Dip for a Clean Eating Cocktail Party

It’s a Clean Eating Cocktail Party at Cara’s Cravings! Recently my dear friend Cara invited me to join a cocktail party over at her place, www.carascravings.com.  Of course I said, absolutely! She got a bunch of us health food bloggers together and asked us to share a recipe we would […]

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Curried Pear Crumble

Curried Pear Crumble and Ziggy Marley

Mildly sweet, a bit salty and aromatic curry….VERY light and satisfying.  Those were the words I jotted down when I was writing up this recipe.  We weren’t especially hungry after dinner but wanted something  sweet.  I opened the pantry door and Ziggy Marley was staring out. That was it! The Ziggy […]